Woody Strode

Woody Strode

Highest Rated: 100% 7 Women (1966)

Lowest Rated: 20% The Black Stallion Returns (1983)

Birthday: Jul 25, 1914

Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA, USA

Towering (6'5") black athlete Woody Strode, together with fellow U.C.L.A. All-American Kenny Washington, successfully broke the NFL's "color line" in 1946 when he signed with the L.A. Rams. Strode went on to play with the Canadian Football League, then attracted a TV following as a pro wrestler. Though he'd made an isolated movie appearance in 1941, Strode's film career didn't really take off until the 1950s. At first, little in the way of acting was required; it was enough for him to convey strong, silent dignity in such fleeting roles as the King of Ethiopia in De Mille's The Ten Commandments (1956). Like many other black athletes-turned-actors of the era, Strode was often called upon to play African warriors and tribal chieftains.This he did in a variety of small parts on the 1952 TV series Ramar of the Jungle; as Lothar on an obscure 1954 video version of Mandrake the Magician; and in the 1958 feature film Tarzan's Fight for Life. A close friend of director John Ford, Strode received some of his best acting opportunities in Ford's films of the 1950s and 1960s -- notably Sergeant Rutledge (1960), in which he starred as a black cavalry soldier unjustly charged with rape and murder. He was also well-served in Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus (1960) in the role of Draba, the gladiator who refuses to kill Kirk Douglas in the film's pivotal scene. During the 1960s, Strode was a familiar presence in westerns and actioners filmed in the U.S. and Europe. In 1968, he starred in Black Jesus, an Italian-made roman a clef based on the life of African activist Patrice Lumumba. In 1990, Strode published his candid, life-affirming autobiography Coal Dust. Woody Strode continued acting up until his death at age 80, accepting such prominent roles as the Storyteller in Mario Van Peebles' Posse (1993) and Charlie Moonlight in the Sharon Stone/Gene Hackman western The Quick and the Dead (1995).

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Bad Azz Muthaz: Real Soulja Actor 2004
No Score Yet The Italian Connection Actor 2003
57% The Quick and the Dead Charles Moonlight 1995
29% Posse Storyteller 1993
67% Storyville Charlie Sumpter 1992
No Score Yet Super Brother Actor 1990
No Score Yet Bronx Executioner Actor 1989
No Score Yet A Gathering of Old Men (Murder on the Bayou) Yank 1987
No Score Yet Bronx Executioner Actor 1986
33% Lust in the Dust Blackman 1985
76% The Cotton Club Holmes 1984
No Score Yet Jungle Warriors Luther 1984
No Score Yet Ultimo guerriero, L',(The Last Warrior) Sam 1984
20% The Black Stallion Returns Meslar 1983
20% Vigilante Rake 1983
No Score Yet The Violent Breed (Razza violenta) Paolo 1983
No Score Yet Scream Charlie 1983
No Score Yet Invaders of the Lost Gold Actor 1982
No Score Yet Angkor: Cambodia Express Woody 1981
No Score Yet Cuba Crossing Titi 1980
No Score Yet Jaguar Lives! Sensei 1979
No Score Yet Ravagers Brown 1979
No Score Yet Oil Actor 1978
44% Kingdom of the Spiders Walter Colby 1977
No Score Yet Keoma (Django's Great Return) (The Violent Breed) George 1976
No Score Yet The Quest (The Longest Drive) Actor 1976
No Score Yet We Are No Angels (Noi Non Siamo Angeli) Black Bill 1975
No Score Yet Winterhawk Big Rude 1975
No Score Yet Loaded Guns Silvera 1975
No Score Yet Il boss (Wipeout!) Actor 1973
No Score Yet The Italian Connection Frank Webster 1972
No Score Yet The Gatling Gun Runner the Scout 1972
No Score Yet The Revengers Actor 1972
No Score Yet The Last Rebel Actor 1971
No Score Yet Deserter Jackson 1971
No Score Yet Scipione detto anche l'africano (Scipio the African) Massinissa, King of Numidia 1971
No Score Yet Ciakmull - L'uomo della vendetta (Chuck Moll) (The Unholy Four) Woody 1970
No Score Yet Che! Guillermo 1969
No Score Yet Boot Hill Thomas 1969
95% Once Upon a Time in the West Stony 1968
40% Shalako Chato 1968
No Score Yet Black Jesus (Seduto alla sua destra) Maurice Lalubi 1968
88% The Professionals Jacob Sharp 1966
100% 7 Women Lean Warrior 1966
No Score Yet Genghis Khan Sengal) 1965
No Score Yet Tarzan's Three Challenges Khan/Dying Leader 1963
94% The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance Pompey 1962
80% Two Rode Together Stone Calf 1961
No Score Yet The Sins Of Rachel Cade Medicine Man 1961
93% Spartacus Draba 1960
88% Sergeant Rutledge Sgt. Braxton Rutledge 1960
60% The Last Voyage Hank Lawson 1960
83% Pork Chop Hill Franklin 1959
No Score Yet The Buccaneer Soldier 1958
No Score Yet Tarzan's Fight for Life Ramo 1958
89% The Ten Commandments King of Ethiopia 1956
No Score Yet Son of Sinbad Guard 1955
83% Demetrius and the Gladiators Gladiator 1954
43% Androcles and the Lion The Lion 1953
No Score Yet African Treasure Native Mail Boy 1952
40% Bride of the Gorilla Policeman 1951
No Score Yet No Time for Love Sandhog 1943
No Score Yet Star Spangled Rhythm "Smart As a Tack" Number 1942
No Score Yet Sundown Tribal Policeman 1941


No Score Yet Dukes of Hazzard
Willie 1980
93% Batman
Grand Mogul 1966
No Score Yet Rawhide
Gabe Washington 1961


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